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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
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Contents >> Funding by Government and Business >> Sources of Support for Arts and Cultural Organisations

SOURCES OF SUPPORT FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS

The ABS collected financial details through surveys of businesses and organisations for Museums in 2007-08 (ABS 2009d) and Performing arts in 2006-07 (ABS 2008g). Care must be taken when interpreting these figures as different industries were surveyed in different years.

Museums were the most reliant on government funding. When last surveyed in 2007-08 they received 66% of their total income from government sources. Those organisations involved in Performing arts venue operation and Performing arts operation relied less on public funds, with 34% and 24% of their respective total incomes sourced from government in 2006-07.

Private fundraising involves raising income through sponsorship, donations or bequests. Museums generated $106.0m through private fundraising in 2007-08, up from $89.0m in 2003-04. Performing arts operation also received a large amount from private fundraising in 2006-07 ($53.8m), while Performing arts venue operation received $13.9m.

In 2006-07, Performing arts operation received a large amount of funding through sponsorship ($32.0m or 4% of total income).

4.5 SUPPORT FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS(a) - Various years

Sponsorship
Donations, bequests, other
Total
Government funding
Total funding(b)
Total income

Value ($m)

2007-08
Museums
23.1
83.0
106.0
657.8
764.0
998.4
2006-07
Performing arts operation
32.0
21.8
53.8
173.8
227.6
733.4
Performing arts venue operation
9.1
4.8
13.9
165.7
179.6
494.4

Proportion of total income (%)

2007-08
Museums
2.3
8.3
10.6
65.9
76.5
100.0
2006-07
Performing arts operation
4.3
3.1
7.3
23.7
31.0
100.0
Performing arts venue operation
1.8
1.0
2.8
33.5
36.3
100.0

(a) Excludes funds provided as loans or advances.
(b) Refers to total income gained through fundraising and government funding.
Source: Museums, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 8560.0); Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).



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